A hybrid camera has become one of the hottest cameras now. Hybrid cameras, also known as cameras mirrorless or compact-system cameras, are compact like a point and shot camera but offer a larger image sensor. In addition, like more expensive DSRLs, you can change lenses to fit the scene yours shooting.
This is the reason hybrid cameras are a favorite for most professionals. Before you head to the store you should beware of several things. Here are five things you need to know about buying the perfect hybrid camera.
The image sensor is what captures the light from the object you are shooting. The two main sensors sizes for hybrids are micro four thirds and APS-C. the smaller micro four thirds sensor is great for portability, but can sacrifice some picture quality. On the other hand, the larger APS-C sensor will add bulk, but can provide better image quality and low-light shooting.
Besides the size, you have to consider megapixels, or the number of pixels the sensor can capture. Hybrids typically have 14MP to 24MP. For standard size photo printing, any amount will work. If you are printing large posters or doing detailed photo editing, more megapixels is better.
Both professionals and hobbyist photographers know the power of manual camera settings. You can tweak your camera for exposure, depth of field, shutter speed and much more to get the perfect shot. If you need fast setting changes, you want a camera that makes easy.
For instance, the Samsung NX20 lets you scroll through settings using the lens manual focus ring. And the shutter button on the Panasonic Lumix has a quick access level that controls aperture and zoom. However, other cameras might burry important settings away where they are harder to access.
Finally, price is another thing that affects the purchase process of your camera. With a wide range of price points and features, finding your perfect hybrid camera takes some work. If you are just getting into photography, a lower-priced model is a solid option.
In the end, buying a camera is a very personal choice. Therefore, its recommended that you visit a store and play around with a variety of models to find the best for you. That way, you will make a great decision hence a hybrid camera that you desire.